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Patrol Division

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division provides 24 hours a day/7 days a week patrols for the citizens of Hancock County.  Patrol deputies are responsible for responding to all complaint calls which may include vehicle accidents, reports of crime or criminal activity, domestic violence, missing persons, suspicious activities and any calls for assistance from citizens. The patrol deputy gathers the preliminary information which is subsequently provided to criminal investigators and/or narcotics agents to enhance the supplementary follow-up criminal investigations. All patrol deputies are uniformed and operate fully marked Sheriff’s Office vehicles.

All Hancock County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies are certified as law enforcement officers by the Mississippi Board of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training (BLEOST) prior to being allowed to perform advanced patrol duties. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division consists of a Patrol Commander, Commander Christopher Russell, who supervises five (5) Patrol Lieutenants, four (4) Patrol Sergeants along with a number of patrol deputies who are augmented by the Hancock County Reserve Division who supplement its manpower.  In addition, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division includes specialized units under Captain Fizer’s command to include the D.U.I. Enforcement Units, Canine Units, School Resource Officers, Animal Control Officer, Warrants Officer and Process Servers. 

Commander Christopher Russell

Major Christopher Russell was appointed to his current position January of 2019 by Sheriff Ricky Adam. In July of 1994, Major Russell began his law enforcement career as a part-time jailer for the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. In October of 1994, he accepted a full time position in the jail. In November of 1996, Major Russell accepted a full time patrol position with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office continuing his service to the citizens of Hancock County. In March of 2000, Major Russell was transferred to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division. He served as a narcotics agent where he amassed hundreds of hours of advanced training in his field and served as a member of the Hancock County Narcotics Task Force.

In March of 2005, Major Russell returned to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division as a Lieutenant and shift supervisor. In November of 2006, Major Russell returned to the Narcotics Division where he served until 2016. In January of 2016, Major Russell was promoted to the Training Division where he was charged with facilitating the training of current deputies and Director of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Reserve Academy. In January of 2019, Major Russell was promoted to the Supervisor of the Patrol Division.

During Major Russell's twenty five year tenure with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, he has furthered his career by attending over a thousand hours of continuing education and recently graduating the Mississippi Command College at the University of Mississippi. He has also maintained many collateral duties serving on the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, starting as an operator and becoming the Team Leader. He is also currently a rescue diver and assists running the Hancock County Dive Team.
Canine Division
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division consists of multiple canines trained and certified in various disciplines to include narcotics detection, search and rescue, recovery and protection. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division utilizes Malinois, Dutch Shepard and Labrador Retriever breeds to perform these daily tasks.

Calls to service which our canines may respond to include executing warrants on dangerous persons, missing persons, tracking of an individual, pursuits, burglaries/robberies in progress, person with a weapon, narcotics or evidence searches and narcotics detection in our schools.  Canines are used to save time, manpower and create a safer environment for law enforcement personnel and the public alike.

All canines are certified through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDA) with two (2) canines being certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as disaster search and rescue canines. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division continues to hone their skills by participating in weekly organized canine training sessions.
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